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Physical Education



‘For all young people to make progress physically, mentally, creatively and socially. This enables them to become lifelong participators of a healthy active lifestyle, through a broad range of competitive sports and physical activities in order to build character and embed values such as resilience, teamwork and leadership’.

PE develops students’ competence and confidence to participate in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives both in and out of school. The PE curriculum at Sir Stanley Matthews Academy allows all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activities.

The PE Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including breakfast, lunch and after school clubs. We also go on numerous sports trips to watch elite levels of a variety of sports, where pupils who have regularly attended clubs will be allowed to go on the trips free of charge.

We also take pupils to Spain during May half term to take part in Outdoor Adventure Activities including Water Sports.

The PE Department has a strong link with the ‘Youth Sport Trust’ and has been awarded the ‘Silver Partner Award’. The department has a key focus to bring out the best in all pupils in a physical, social and mental way during PE lessons. Pupils will be assessed on mental (decision making, HAL and resilience), social (teamwork, leadership and respect) and physical performance skills at key stage 3.

The department has had good academic results over the last 5 years and has had equal success on the sport field by winning 32 trophies. This success was split between the boys and girls in a variety of sports. The Department has recently been awarded the ‘school of tennis’ status by the LTA for its contribution to raising the profile of tennis within the Academy.

The PE Department annually holds an internal Sports Day in the summer.


P.E. lessons at the Academy are of a consistently good standard through the year, where lessons have a strong element of learning incorporated with a fun aspect.

Key stage 3

In core PE students are offered a wide range of individual and team activities making use of our outstanding facilities. During these activities, they are given the opportunity to plan, perform, evaluate, make decisions and lead others.

Year 7

Boys – Baseline, Football, Rugby, Dance, Gymnastics, Cricket, Athletics, Golf.

Girls – Baseline, Dance, Gymnastics, Boxercise, Netball, Rugby, Athletics, Rounders.

Year 8

Boys – Fitness, Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Handball, Hockey, Athletics, Tennis.

Girls – Handball, Hockey, Dance, Netball, Fitness, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket.

Year 9

Boys – Orienteering, Boxercise, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball, Leadership, Fitness

Girls – Badminton, Netball, Volleyball, Orienteering, Football, Fitness, Leadership


Key stage 4

Pupils will study BTEC Sport in Years 10 and 11, where they will focus on 4 main units:

  • Unit 1 – Fitness for sport and exercise (exam)
  • Unit 2 – Practical Sport (coursework unit)
  • Unit 3 – Applying the principles of personal training (coursework unit)
  • Unit 6 – Sports Leadership (coursework unit)

PE Department – extra curricular 2021-2022

Please click the below link to view the PE Kit Policy.

PE Kit Policy